Wales boss Chris Coleman has emphatically quashed speculation linking him with the England managerial vacancy.
And Coleman, who led Wales to the Euro 2016 semi-finals, has also offered a damning indictment of alleged corruption in football, believing that anyone found guilty should be banned for life.
Coleman said he was “gutted” for Sam Allardyce that he had lost his job as England manager after just 67 days and one game in charge.
Allardyce’s contract was terminated by mutual consent with the Football Association after secretly-filmed conversations appeared to show him making a variety of controversial comments to undercover reporters. He was targeted in a wide-ranging Daily Telegraph investigation into alleged corruption in English football.
Coleman, given his success with Wales, has inevitably found himself on the bookmakers’ list of England long-term candidates following Gareth Southgate’s appointment for the next four matches.
“That question (England job) would never have been asked of me before the (Euros) tournament,” he said. “My answer would be a big fat ‘no’.
“I think the next England manager should be an Englishman. I don’t think it should be someone from overseas — I don’t care what his record is.
“I know how much it means to me to manage Wales. Unless you are from that country, you can never ever know how much it means to represent your country.
“Why should England look further afield? Are they going to be with Gareth (Southgate), Brucey (Steve Bruce) or whoever they are going to go with? That’s where they should be looking. Certainly not a Welshman. Well, not this Welshman, anyway.
“I am really disappointed for Sam. I have known him for a long time, and I knew how much he wanted the job and how proud he was when he had got it. I am gutted for him that he has lost his job through events off the pitch, rather than on the pitch.”
Coleman, who will again be without injured Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey when Wales resume their World Cup qualifying campaign against Austria and Georgia next week, also addressed the corruption issue.
“Corruption is everywhere,” he added. “Unfortunately. It’s in governments, we’ve seen that, it’s in all sports. We talk about drug-taking in athletics or cycling, we’ve had the stuff with Fifa. We are naive to think this stuff doesn’t go on.
“What we are talking about, effectively, is people stealing money. Whether you are earning 50 grand a year or 50 grand a week, you are stealing money. Anyone caught doing that, they need to be removed from the game permanently. That’s it. Goodnight.”
Meanwhile, Eddie Howe has effectively ruled himself out of the running to replaceAllardyce, insisting he would not countenance ‘turning his back’ on Bournemouth.
“They (the FA) haven’t come to me and my message is very similar: I am committed here. I love the job and I have a lot more to do here,” he said.
“I think I have said in many interviews that the England job is the ultimate job. It sounds arrogant but I am not interested in the job now, but you never know what will happen in the future.”
United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann tweeted there was “no truth to rumours regarding England” but his fellow German Ralf Rangnick, sporting director at RB Leipzig, has emerged as a left field overseas candidate.
Alan Pardew has also ruled himself out of the running.
The Crystal Palace boss said: “I’m so lucky to have this football club where it is right now, the chairman and I have a great relationship. They have shown me great faith and I have a team I have a good feeling about. This football club at this time is where I want to be.”
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